Wordful Wednesday – Dinner at Panera with the birthday girl

Want to know one of my favorite places to eat? Panera. Yup… love it! I think that it’s because it’s a carb lovers dream and there is nothing that I like more than bread.

I’m pretty sure that I could make a diet out of bread alone and then I’d spend the time I’m not eating bread at the gym running off all of the calories from it. It’s a good thing that the closest Panera is like 30 minutes away from me!

For us, my daughter and I, it’s tradition to eat at Panera and then head to our favorite Target store just down the road. Our latest trip was to celebrate her birthday… I know, I know…. it’s not that exciting of a place to celebrate your 17th birthday. But we went out to eat at one of her other favorites the weekend before and I did buy her tickets to see Lady Gaga. So, it’s okay that we had soup & sandwiches on her birthday.

birthday girl enjoying dinner

See, she’s fully enjoying her sandwich while using their free wifi! I think she was Tweeting a pic of her dinner… She got that from me! LOL… like mother like daughter!

panera french onion soup garden veggie soup
I don’t think that it matters what time of year we go because we always get their soup. It is absolutely amazing!  Warm, comforting, and full of fresh veggies. It’s nothing like the canned soups that get at the store or some other restaurants.

Normally, I get the black bean soup which is thick & smoky but this time I thought I’d try something new and got their french onion soup. I have to say that it was pretty good but I could have used a bit more cheese…. I mean who doesn’t like melty cheese? Caitlin tried the vegetarian garden vegetable with pesto of course she didn’t offer to let me try it so I’m going to assume that since she ate it all that it had to be pretty good.

panera sandwich panera red velvet cookie
Our birthday dinner couldn’t be complete without dessert! I mean how could we go to Panera and not try one of those delicious desserts that they have? We opted for the red velvet cookies… I knew that I should have gone for that thick, gooey, brownie they had. Red velvet cookies aren’t all that good.

It was a good thing that we went shopping after the soup… bread… cookies… We would have fallen asleep driving home after all that food.

Have you been to Panera lately? What’s your favorite thing there?

I was provided with a $10 gift card to check out the delicious soups at Panera & a stipend for writing about my experiences from DailyBuzz Food. But all thoughts, opinions, and weight gain from the cookie are mine.

8 Responses to Wordful Wednesday – Dinner at Panera with the birthday girl
  1. Kmama
    December 12, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    I love Panera, unfortunately, the closest one is in Grand Blanc. And that’s not close. :-(

    I always get their chocolate chip cookie. I’m a sucker for chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

    Oh, and it seems like everyone in blog land has a child that has a birthday in December. This is the third birthday post I’ve seen (one is mine).

    • Jackie
      December 13, 2012 | 1:23 pm

      We go to the one in Fenton since it’s the closest one and it’s still 30 minutes from us! But the Target over there is awesome!

  2. Cindy
    December 12, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    My daughter(16) and I go to Panera a few times a year. However my BFF and I try to go once a month for breakfast or early lunch. I love that they have free WiFi. Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT is awesome. Tink always get chicken noodle soup bread bowl. We have one almost at every corner. We are a bit spoiled. I also wanted to stop by and say thanks for your comment on my post that was on RCM. Dieting is a big challenge. But this is the year I hope to become a LOSER=)

    XOXO,
    Cindy

    • Jackie
      December 13, 2012 | 1:22 pm

      The free Wi-Fi is awesome! How do you get chicken noodle soup in a bread bowl?? Isn’t it too watery?

  3. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    December 13, 2012 | 9:21 am

    I am in there at least once a week, at LEAST. For the last 6 months, I’ve been getting the BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad, but I’ve had that black bean soup and I love their broccoli cheese. Oh man, I was just there 2 nights ago and now I wanna go again! Look what you did!

    • Jackie
      December 13, 2012 | 1:21 pm

      I’ve never tried the salads… that is next on my list to check out I think!

  4. Kimberly
    December 13, 2012 | 7:47 pm

    Ha! As I’m reading this I’m eating take out from Panera for dinner. I love their soups!

  5. Poppy
    December 15, 2012 | 10:20 pm

    I don’t eat at Panera much because the only one we have is always so dang crowded! I love their food though :) The picture of your daughter on her phone cracked me up – and I love that you own that she got it from you!

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